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- We all know that smoking is not good for you...except when it comes to ulcerative colitis. It has been shown to be protective in both the development and progression of the disease (although there is no clear explanation on how smoking is actually protective).
- Aspirin, probably one of the most common drugs on the planet, not only helps with headaches, but is also shown to decrease the risk of large bowel cancer. That doesn't mean we should all start swallowing aspirin on daily basis (in fact, guidelines strongly recommend against this), but it is an interesting correlation.
- While a mother's blood supplies her fetus with the nutrients it needs, maternal blood and fetal blood do not actually mix. The placenta has the two separate vascular systems that are close enough for the exchange of oxygen and nutrients to occur. Kind of neat, huh?
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- Olivia is basically what I wish I could dress like - she just always looks so effortless and professional.
- Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about Krista's outfit - this is seriously the cutest. Make sure you check out her 12 days of Christmas series (and her holiday gift guide!)
- I was literally cackling with laughter about this instagram husband video. I'm actually surprised I didn't see CR's face in it! Those poor boyfriends/husbands of bloggers ;)
- I looooove the look of Tod's loafers, but they are sooo expensive. This pair from Michael Kors is just as cute, but a fourth of the price.
- And speaking of getting the look for less, this wool blend coat from JCPenney is an <$90 version of a $350+ J.Crew coat. Seriously, the grey colors are basically identical!
- The description of this polka dot v-neck dress from Target is spot on - it's practical enough to wear to work, but with the right accessories (even just a change of shoes like red mary-janes and some lipstick), it's the cutest party dress.
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- I'll be taking my MCAT for the 3rd time *gasp* in January! And even though it seems like I should be completely motivated and hyperactive about studying, I'm not. I've gotten a little lazy and feel defeated, for lack of a better word. Any tips/suggestions on how to back up? Thank you!
- You've probably been studying for this exam for a long time, so it's understandable that you may be getting to the point of burning out. My advice is to step back and look at why you are doing this. Talk to your mentor, go shadow, talk to current medical students. Seeing others who need your help or who are in a position that you want to be in definitely helps. I also advise finding ways to make your study time the most enjoyable. When I study at home, I usually have a big glass of flavored water and my heating blanket on. At my favorite spot in the library, I always had good music playing (my favorite is the movies soundtrack station) and an iced coffee near. Studying isn't the most fun thing in the world, but there are ways to make it enjoyable!
- It seems that for a while the theme in fashion blogging was minimalism/ capsule wardrobes. Now I see that a lot of bloggers are concerned with sustainable or made in America clothing. These are two related questions: What do you think of blogging trends (i.e., do you tend to follow, sit out, or follow only if they interest you)? Do you have interest in buying more sustainably made items for your wardrobe?
- In general, I don't really consider myself to be a very "trendy" dresser. This is in part because my blog is mostly about my work clothes, and most trendy items aren't going to be appropriate. Another large part of that is that I have my budget that I've been sticking to for over three years. This is my way of having a more sustainable wardrobe overall. I don't buy new items to only wear once - I most buy clothes I can wear again and again. This means I buy less, get rid of less. I haven't explored many sustainably made clothes out there, but I'm definitely open to suggestions if you have companies you love!
- I'm curious if you have any advice for put-together and attractive indoor outfits to wear home at Christmas with the family. I live in a climate where there won't be snow, but where I'll definitely want cozy-everything and MUST wear socks with slippers/indoor shoes (like your Birkenstock clogs) when indoors.
- Yes! My biggest piece of advice is wearing comfy pants as not only will there be lots of delicious food (I'm already dreaming about the cheesy potatoes) but there's also a lot of moving around. I recommend a pair of ponte pants - I just ordered these from Express as mine are pretty worn out (review coming as soon as they arrive!). Pair your comfy pants with a cute and cozy sweater, like this tie cardigan from Modcloth. All in all you'll be comfy, warm, and super cute.
- on the blog: beauty tuesday's post is about the product that'll create the perfect smoky eye
- on the instagram: prepping for the what's in my bag post
- on the twitter: the life of a catlady
- Anthropologie: 25% off full priced items
- The pattern on this black and white cardigan is so pretty (and versatile!)
- How cute is the accordion back of their boatneck tee? I like the purple version!
- While not exactly a very practical skirt, this sparkly polka dot skirt is so darn beautiful I'd look for excuses to wear it.
- J.Crew: 40% off giftpicks + 30% off everything else
- Pick for yourself: their festival plaid shirt would be perfect with some skinny jeans for a casual Christmas
- Pick for your sister: get her a monogrammed pair of pajamas - she'll wear them for years and years (they also come in petites!)
- Pick for the traveler: she'll love their plaid jewelry bag - it's cute and functional
- Loft: 40% off everything
- Has anyone tried their split side tunic sweater? It looks so comfy!
- I can definitely get behind this comfy take on the chambray shirt (and since it's Lou & Grey, you know it'll be extra soft)
- Their dotted utility blouse is basically the inverse of my new polka dot blouse...I feel like I need it to make the couple complete! ;)
- Center Stage is probably in my top ten favorite movies of all time - I've seen in countless times. I've recently started watching Flesh & Bone - have any of you seen it? While it's also set in the ballet world with a few overlapping actors/dancers, it's completely different, but probably even more interesting.
- I've had my old macbook for over five years now, and this week my screen broke. I'm so upset because the computer is still in good shape, but they said it would cost over $350 to fix the screen. UGH.
- CR and I spent the day in Pittsburgh yesterday, doing some Christmas shopping, getting some of the best thai food, and celebrating a friend's birthday. I love weekends between rotations :) Next up - IM for me, infectious disease for him! It should be an interesting month.